A woman and her boyfriend are facing multiple charges after they took a high-speed joy ride with the woman and her child on the roof of a car on May 13.
The Newport, Vermont, residents were cited after a witness sent photos to state police of Lindsey Perkins, 27, and her 5-year-old child sitting on the roof of a speeding Subaru while Perkins’ boyfriend, Nicholas Nobaris, 20, drove. The incident took place on Route 14 in Coventry. The car reached speeds of 50-55 mph during the 2-mile ride, according to police.
Perkins was charged with reckless endangerment and child endangerment while Nobaris was charged with gross negligent operation. They are both cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Newport on June 16.
Perkins’ child was taken by the Vermont Department for Children and Families.
The couple could not be reached for comment, according to The Washington Times.
Despite the danger such actions pose to children, these incidents are not totally uncommon. On May 13, a woman in Memphis, Tennessee was charged with aggravated child abuse among other charges after she drove with her 8-year-old boy on the roof. At one point, the child fell off the car and hit his head on the pavement. A witness described the boy, who suffered a critical head injury, as “lifeless and limp.”
“You don’t understand, I wish I didn’t see it…” the witness Kearron Wilson told WREG. “I was praying to God she would slow down when she got to that hill, but she didn’t. She pressed on the gas.”